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Two layer compression bandages better than four

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Patients tolerate two layer compression bandages better than four layer systems, according to new research.

The research, published in the Journal of Wound Care, looked at the interface pressures of three compression systems; two layer, four layer and short stretch bandages over seven days. They used 24 healthy volunteers who were bandaged with one of the three systems and pressures were measured with the volunteers in different positions including supine, sitting, standing and during exercise.

Two-layer compression bandage systems maintained a similar level of sub-bandage pressure as four-layer. Two-layer was found to be partially better than short-stretch bandaging. However, the volunteers found the two-layer system more comfortable and tolerable than the other two systems.

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